paraldehyde :

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  • n  a colorless liquid (a cyclic trimer of acetaldehyde) that is used as a sedative and a solvent

  • Smith, said a witness, "didn't know what she was doing" when under the influence of drugs or liquor; at the time of the murder she was "doped" with paraldehyde, a sedative.
  • They calm the patient with paraldehyde.
  • He was still holding on to the telephone when cops smashed in and mistook a vial of paraldehyde (sometimes used to unpickle the living) for a vial of formaldehyde (often used to .

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